ABC News PDF in depth

Let’s look in more depth at the data. We already know that it is trivially simple to create a JPEG that matches the JPEG found in the ABC News PDF and that the presence of the original metadata from the AP JPEG should not be confused with the claim that Applewhite somehow created this PDF. Of course, Hermitian is having problem dealing with my findings as they do not agree with his poorly supported ideas. He objects to ABC News using the ‘freetoy’ to make the conversion, totally missing the point that there are many ways to skin a cat, or in this case, to simply reduce the resolution of a jpg. What I found hilarious is how my guess for quality resulted in Quantization Matrices that were exactly the same.

Hermitian wants us to believe that Applewhite created two PDFs, both showing the metadata found in the AP JPEG, one using Photoshop and another using Adobe Acrobat. There is NO evidence that Applewhite was involved in the creation of either document and logic and reason do not help us here either. For instance, why would Applewhite create PDFs for ABC and Muscatine Journal? Why would he be using two different methods? Why would he clean up the color balance of one and not the other. And how did he do this while he was attending the Whitehouse press conferences?

The AP AP110427018673.jpg file contains several metadata regions, something our friend apparently has not wisened up to.

AP110427018673.jpg

APP0: 0XFF 0xE0 – JFIF tags

00 10 4A 46 49 46 00 01 02 01 01 2C 01 2C 00 00

which translates to

[JFIF]          JFIF Version                    : 1.02
[JFIF]          Resolution Unit                 : inches
[JFIF]          X Resolution                    : 300
[JFIF]          Y Resolution                    : 300

APP1: 0XFF 0xE1

Contains EXIF or XMP data, in this case XMP

http://ns.adobe.com/xap/1.0/<?xpacket begin='Ôªø' id='W5M0MpCehiHzreSzNTczkc9d'?><?adobe-xap-filters esc="CR"?><x:xapmeta xmlns:x='adobe:ns:meta/' x:xaptk='XMP toolkit 2.8.2-33, framework 1.5'><rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf='http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#' xmlns:iX='http://ns.adobe.com/iX/1.0/'><rdf:Description about='' xmlns:photoshop='http://ns.adobe.com/photoshop/1.0/'>
<photoshop:Source>AP</photoshop:Source>
<photoshop:Country>USA</photoshop:Country>
<photoshop:Credit>AP</photoshop:Credit>
<photoshop:City>Washington</photoshop:City>
<photoshop:CaptionWriter>JSA RCL**DC**</photoshop:CaptionWriter>
<photoshop:DateCreated>27 Apr 2011</photoshop:DateCreated>
<photoshop:TransmissionReference>DCSA103</photoshop:TransmissionReference>
<photoshop:State>DC</photoshop:State>
<photoshop:Urgency>5</photoshop:Urgency>
<photoshop:Instructions>HANDOUT IMAGE PROVIDED BY THE WHITE HOUSE</photoshop:Instructions>
<photoshop:Category>A</photoshop:Category>
<photoshop:AuthorsPosition>STF</photoshop:AuthorsPosition><
/rdf:Description><rdf:Description about='' xmlns:dc='http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/'>
<dc:title>
<rdf:Alt>
<rdf:li xml:lang='x-default'>Obama</rdf:li>
</rdf:Alt>
</dc:title>
<dc:creator>
<rdf:Seq>
<rdf:li>J. Scott Applewhite</rdf:li>
</rdf:Seq>
</dc:creator><dc:description>
<rdf:Alt>
<rdf:li xml:lang='x-default'>This handout image provided by the White House shows a copy of the long form of President Barack Obama's birth certificate from Hawaii. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)</rdf:li>
</rdf:Alt>
</dc:description></rdf:Description></rdf:RDF>
</x:xapmeta><?xpacket end='w'?>

Which translates to

[XMP-x]         XMP Toolkit                     : XMP toolkit 2.8.2-33, framework 1.5
[XMP-photoshop] Country                         : USA
[XMP-photoshop] Caption Writer                  : JSA RCL**DC**
[XMP-photoshop] Transmission Reference          : DCSA103
[XMP-photoshop] State                           : DC
[XMP-photoshop] Instructions                    : HANDOUT IMAGE PROVIDED BY THE WHITE HOUSE
[XMP-photoshop] Authors Position                : STF
[XMP-dc]        Title                           : Obama
[XMP-dc]        Creator                         : J. Scott Applewhite
[XMP-dc]        Description                     : This handout image provided by the White House shows a copy of the long form of President Barack Obama's birth certificate from Hawaii. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

APP13 0xFF 0xED Stores Photoshop tags

¿Photoshop 3.08BIM£20110427Obama
5A()HANDOUT IMAGE PROVIDED BY THE WHITE HOUSE720110427<085321+0000PJ. Scott ApplewhiteUSTFZ
Washington_DCeUSAgDCSA103nASSOCIATED PRESSsAPtAP2011x¶This handout image provided by the White House shows a copy of the long form of President Barack Obama's birth certificate from Hawaii. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) z
JSA RCL**DC**

Which translates to

[IPTC]          Application Record Version      : 3616444588110393911
[IPTC]          Object Name                     : Obama
[IPTC]          Urgency                         : 5 (normal urgency)
[IPTC]          Category                        : A
[IPTC]          Special Instructions            : HANDOUT IMAGE PROVIDED BY THE WHITE HOUSE
[IPTC]          Date Created                    : 2011:04:27
[IPTC]          Time Created                    : 08:53:21+00:00
[IPTC]          By-line                         : J. Scott Applewhite
[IPTC]          By-line Title                   : STF
[IPTC]          City                            : Washington
[IPTC]          Province-State                  : DC
[IPTC]          Country-Primary Location Name   : USA
[IPTC]          Original Transmission Reference : DCSA103
[IPTC]          Credit                          : ASSOCIATED PRESS
[IPTC]          Source                          : AP
[IPTC]          Copyright Notice                : AP2011
[IPTC]          Caption-Abstract                : This handout image provided by the White House shows a copy of the long form of President Barack Obama's birth certificate from Hawaii. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Then we have

APP2: 0xFF 0xE2 – ICC Profile

[ICC-header]    Profile CMM Type                : ADBE
[ICC-header]    Profile Version                 : 2.1.0
[ICC-header]    Profile Class                   : Display Device Profile
[ICC-header]    Color Space Data                : RGB
[ICC-header]    Profile Connection Space        : XYZ
[ICC-header]    Profile Date Time               : 1999:06:03 00:00:00
[ICC-header]    Profile File Signature          : acsp
[ICC-header]    Primary Platform                : Apple Computer Inc.
[ICC-header]    CMM Flags                       : Not Embedded, Independent
[ICC-header]    Device Manufacturer             : none
[ICC-header]    Device Model                    :
[ICC-header]    Device Attributes               : Reflective, Glossy, Positive, Color
[ICC-header]    Rendering Intent                : Perceptual
[ICC-header]    Connection Space Illuminant     : 0.9642 1 0.82491
[ICC-header]    Profile Creator                 : ADBE
[ICC-header]    Profile ID                      : 0
[ICC_Profile]   Profile Copyright               : Copyright 1999 Adobe Systems Incorporated
[ICC_Profile]   Profile Description             : Adobe RGB (1998)
[ICC_Profile]   Media White Point               : 0.95045 1 1.08905
[ICC_Profile]   Media Black Point               : 0 0 0
[ICC_Profile]   Red Tone Reproduction Curve     : (Binary data 14 bytes, use -b option to extract)
[ICC_Profile]   Green Tone Reproduction Curve   : (Binary data 14 bytes, use -b option to extract)
[ICC_Profile]   Blue Tone Reproduction Curve    : (Binary data 14 bytes, use -b option to extract)
[ICC_Profile]   Red Matrix Column               : 0.60974 0.31111 0.01947
[ICC_Profile]   Green Matrix Column             : 0.20528 0.62567 0.06087
[ICC_Profile]   Blue Matrix Column              : 0.14919 0.06322 0.74457

APP14: 0XFF 0xEE – JPEG Adobe Tags

00 0E 41 64 6F 62 65 00 64 40 00 00 00 01
[Adobe]         DCT Encode Version              : 100
[Adobe]         APP14 Flags 0                   : [14]
[Adobe]         APP14 Flags 1                   : (none)
[Adobe]         Color Transform                 : YCbCr

Now ap_obama_certificate_dm_110427-000.jpg

APP0: 0xFF 0xE0 – JFIF

 [JFIF] JFIF Version : 1.01
 [JFIF] Resolution Unit : inches
 [JFIF] X Resolution : 200
 [JFIF] Y Resolution : 200

APP13 0xFF 0xED – Photoshop data

Photoshop 3.08BIMzObama
 5 A()HANDOUT IMAGE PROVIDED BY THE WHITE HOUSE720110427<085321PJ. Scott ApplewhiteUSTFZ
 Washington_DCeUSAgDCSA103nAPsAPxßThis handout image provided by the White House shows a copy of the long form of President Barack Obama's birth certificate from Hawaii. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) z
 JSA RCL**DC**

Which translates to

[IPTC]          Application Record Version      : 1
[IPTC]          Object Name                     : Obama
[IPTC]          Urgency                         : Unknown (5 )
[IPTC]          Category                        : A
[IPTC]          Special Instructions            : HANDOUT IMAGE PROVIDED BY THE WHITE HOUSE
[IPTC]          Date Created                    : 2011:04:27
[IPTC]          Time Created                    : 08:53:21
[IPTC]          By-line                         : J. Scott Applewhite
[IPTC]          By-line Title                   : STF
[IPTC]          City                            : Washington
[IPTC]          Province-State                  : DC
[IPTC]          Country-Primary Location Name   : USA
[IPTC]          Original Transmission Reference : DCSA103
[IPTC]          Credit                          : AP
[IPTC]          Source                          : AP
[IPTC]          Caption-Abstract                : This handout image provided by the White House shows a copy of the long form of President Barack Obama's birth certificate from Hawaii. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
[IPTC]          Writer-Editor                   : JSA RCL**DC**

So now look at AP110427018673den-000.jpg which is the JPEG extracted from the PDF created by importing AP110427018673den into Adobe Acrobat 11.

APP0: 0xFF 0xE0 – JFIF

[JFIF]          JFIF Version                    : 1.01
[JFIF]          Resolution Unit                 : inches
[JFIF]          X Resolution                    : 200
[JFIF]          Y Resolution                    : 200

APP1: 0XFF 0XE1

[XMP-x]         XMP Toolkit                     : XMP toolkit 2.8.2-33, framework 1.5
[XMP-photoshop] Source                          : AP
[XMP-photoshop] Country                         : USA
[XMP-photoshop] Credit                          : AP
[XMP-photoshop] City                            : Washington
[XMP-photoshop] Caption Writer                  : JSA RCL**DC**
[XMP-photoshop] Date Created                    : 27 Apr 2011
[XMP-photoshop] Transmission Reference          : DCSA103
[XMP-photoshop] State                           : DC
[XMP-photoshop] Urgency                         : 5 (normal urgency)
[XMP-photoshop] Instructions                    : HANDOUT IMAGE PROVIDED BY THE WHITE HOUSE
[XMP-photoshop] Category                        : A
[XMP-photoshop] Authors Position                : STF
[XMP-dc]        Title                           : Obama
[XMP-dc]        Creator                         : J. Scott Applewhite
[XMP-dc]        Description                     : This handout image provided by the White House shows a copy of the long form of President Barack Obama's birth certificate from Hawaii. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

APP13: 0XFF 0xED

[IPTC]          Application Record Version      : 3616444588110393911
[IPTC]          Object Name                     : Obama
[IPTC]          Special Instructions            : HANDOUT IMAGE PROVIDED BY THE WHITE HOUSE
[IPTC]          Time Created                    : 08:53:21+00:00
[IPTC]          By-line                         : J. Scott Applewhite
[IPTC]          By-line Title                   : STF
[IPTC]          Province-State                  : DC
[IPTC]          Country-Primary Location Name   : USA
[IPTC]          Original Transmission Reference : DCSA103
[IPTC]          Copyright Notice                : AP2011
[IPTC]          Caption-Abstract                : This handout image provided by the White House shows a copy of the long form of President Barack Obama's birth certificate from Hawaii. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
[IPTC]          Writer-Editor                   : JSA RCL**DC**